The Personal Parish for the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite in the Archdiocese of Melbourne.

St Aloysius' Church, 233 Balaclava Road, Caulfield North, 3161

News and Announcements

30th August, 2015


From the Parish Priest’s desk.

Dear Brothers & Sisters in Christ,

Yesterday, we celebrated the feast of the Beheading of St John the Baptist. The Gospel of the feast relates the circumstances of the execution of the one whom Our Lord described as the greatest of the prophets. The Baptist had the courage to hold Herod to account for the scandal of his illegal union with his sister-in-law Herodias, whose husband was still living. Herodias contrived to make Herod imprison St John and took advantage of the opportunity afforded by Herod’s drunkenness and lust, to obtain through her daughter Salome the beheading of the Saint. The witness of the Baptist to the truth about marriage – given by his public rebuke of Herod (“non licet”), and sealed with his blood - was a witness to Christ.

Today we begin one of two articles by Roberto de Mattei (with acknowledgment to the Rorate Caeli blog), both of them highly relevant in the lead up to the Synod. The first contains important theological orientations. Among other things, de Mattei points out that was is really at stake is not simply marriage and the sacraments (although these in themselves are serious enough), but the entire edifice of Catholic morals, maintained in a clear continuity from Christ and the Apostles, through to the great encyclical letter of St John Paul II, Veritatis Splendor, which reaffirmed the truth that certain actions are intrinsically evil. The second article, which we will run in a few weeks, provides interesting historical background on the little known “Synod of Adultery” held in Constantinople in 809. Truly, “there is nothing new under the sun”….

As we maintain the non licet of the Baptist, let us not allow ourselves to be troubled or confused by those who would accuse us of infidelity, or lack of mercy, simply for witnessing to the constant belief and practice of the Catholic Church. That is an old ruse. St Augustine (whose feast we celebrated on Friday) warned the Faithful against those heretics “who, by rehearsing and exaggerating the sins of many in the Church, as if either all or the majority among themselves were righteous, strive to turn and snatch us away from the breasts of the one True Mother Church: affirming that Christ is with them, and warning us as if with piety and earnestness, that by passing over to them we may go over to Christ, Whom they falsely declare they have.” These heretics, St Augustine says, “nourish not with milk, but kill with poison the babes and ignorant” (Commentary on Psalm xi).

In Christ's Truth,

Fr Glen Tattersall, PP


Fr Geoffrey Taylor month’s mind: a Sung Requiem Mass of the Month’s Mind for Fr Taylor’s repose will be offered at St Aloysius’ tomorrow evening, Monday 31st August, at 7 pm.

First Friday: as usual, the 10 am Mass this coming First Friday, 4th September, will be offered for the Synod on the Family. You are encouraged to attend, and also to offer your Friday penance that day for the forthcoming Synod.

Rosary crusade: all are encouraged to participate in the Rosary crusade for the defence of marriage in Australia: Prayer cards are available in the vestibule. Mindful as well of the Synod of the Family and of the various pressures that are being exerted, the Faithful are further exhorted to pray the Rosary for the defence of marriage and of the family within the Church, and at the Synod. The Synod occurs during October, which is the month of the Holy Rosary, and we will be proposing further initiatives as that time draws closer.

Forty Hours’ Devotion: we will hold the Forty Hours’ Devotion (Solemn continuous Eucharistic Exposition over three days and nights, with Solemn Mass each day), from Friday 9th October (our Patronal feast of Bl. John Henry Newman) to Sunday 11th October, the opening day of the Synod on the Family. The Forty Hours’ will be directed to prayer for the Synod, as well as for the needs of our Parish. Please diarise that weekend now, to allow the greatest possible time for Adoration during those days.

Christus Rex pilgrimage: this year will be the “Silver Jubilee” of the inception of the Christus Rex pilgrimage. It will go on foot from Ballarat to Bendigo from 23rd – 25th October. This is an occasion of great grace for individuals and families. Make the commitment now, to attend if you can! For more details or to register, go to:

The course on the Divine Office will resume today at Maryvale, from 12.15-1.00 pm.

First Confession & First Holy Communion: Tit is anticipated that First Holy Communion will be celebrated on Sunday, 13th December, preceded by First Confession. The usual age for First Confession and Communion is seven. Those parents who wished their children to receive preparation for these Sacraments are asked to register via email to the Secretary, by tomorrow, 31st August.

Guild of St Clare: the Guild was established to bring together parishioners (and others) who are interested in the repair, design and manufacture of vestments and altar linens. We will be meeting again in the near future. Existing members of the Guild will be contacted, but new members are also welcome. Please contact Fr Tattersall for more information.

Latin course: This will commence on Saturday, 5th September. Seven classes will be held from 9 – 9.50 am Saturdays, at Maryvale. The emphasis will be on ecclesiastical Latin and very user-friendly. The course will consist of seven one-hour classes on Saturday mornings. The teacher, Andrew Rutherford, has a strong classics background. He has taught English, philosophy and journalism at tertiary level. His versions of Horace’s odes will be published later this year by Giramondo Press. Please register with the Secretary. There will be a fee of $20 for the course, payable on or by Saturday 5th September.

Professor Richard Rymarz of the Broken Bay Institute is interested in conducting life history interviews with members of the Newman parish community. Professor Rymarz is interested in getting a better understanding of the background, beliefs and practices of Traditional Catholics. A life history interview is a good way to get people talking about these things. Interviews will take a least one hour and the departure point is asking how did the participant arrive at being a member of the parish community. If you would like more information or would like to take part please contact Professor Rymarz directly at


The Instrumentum laboris and Catholic Moral Tradition in Extra-matrimonial Situations

Roberto de Mattei, Corrispondenza Romana

August 12, 2015

The Instrumentum laboris of last June 21st, 2015, offers all the elements to [help us] understand what is at stake at the upcoming Synod. The first consideration is about method. Paragraph 52 of the Relatio Synodi of 2014 did not receive (as did paragraphs 53 and 55) the two thirds qualifying majority necessary in the regulation norms for approval, but was inserted into the final document nonetheless. It was an obvious forcing, which confirms the plan to open the doors to the divorced and remarried, despite the opposition from a consistent body of the Synod Fathers, and above all, despite the contrary teaching of the Church. We are very close to a fine red line, that, however, no-one, not even the Pope, can cross.

At his general audience on August 5th, Pope Francis said that “the divorced and remarried are in no way excommunicated and must not absolutely be treated as such: they are always part of the Church”. However, it does not appear to us that the divorced and remarried are treated as excommunicates by anyone. We must not confuse the deprivation of the Sacrament of which they are subject to, with excommunication, which is the gravest of all ecclesiastical punishments and excludes one from communion with the Church. The divorced and remarried continue to be members of the Church and are bound to observe Her precepts i.e. attending the Sacrifice of the Mass and persevering in prayer (Catechism of the Catholic Church, n. 1651).

The indissolubility of marriage, however remains a Divine law proclaimed by Jesus Christ and solemnly confirmed by the Church in the course of Her history. The Church requires a state of grace for admittance to the Eucharist, normally obtained through the Sacrament of Penance. The spouses, divorced and remarried find themselves objectively “in manifest grave sin” (Code of Canon Law, n.915), or “in an objective state of mortal sin, a state that, if publically known, is aggravated by scandal”, (Preferential Option for the Family. 100 Questions and Answers Relating to the Synod, Edition, Filial Appeal, Rome 2015, no.63). If the divorced and remarried have no intention of removing this permanent and public situation offensive to God, they cannot even approach the Sacrament of Penance, which insists on the purpose of intention of not falling into sin again. The figure of the divorced and remarried, as Cardinal De Paolis correctly noted “contradicts the image and the figure of marriage and the family, according to the image offered by the Church”. How to square the circle? For a global analysis of the Instrumentum laboris, I recommend the excellent analysis by Mathew McCusker, on the site “Voice of the Family” ( For my part, I will limit myself to some observations on the document’s approach to the theme of extra-matrimonial cohabitation.

The new Catechism of the Catholic Church, n. 2390, says that the expression “free unions” (or cohabitation) “covers a number of different situations: concubinage, rejection of marriage as such, or inability to make long-term commitments. All of these situations offend against the dignity of marriage; they destroy the very idea of the family; they weaken the sense of fidelity. They are contrary to the moral law. The sexual act must take place exclusively within marriage. Outside of marriage it always constitutes grave sin and excludes one from sacramental communion.” The Instrumentum laboris suggests instead, that the idea of extra-matrimonial cohabitations are not intrinsically, but only “partially” illicit. “In cases where the decision of persons living together or those civilly married to proceed to a sacramental marriage is still in a virtual state or in its initial stage or not yet specifically defined, the Church is asked not shy away from the task of encouraging and supporting such a development. At the same time, something good can be done by showing, in a friendly manner, an appreciation for the commitment already made and acknowledging adherence to those elements proper to the divine plan arising from the relation of the person created by God and God the Creator.” (n.57).

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